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Falling prices

Forced rollback to take effect April 10

San Diego Retail Associate Tess Matanza
San Diego Retail Associate Tess Matanza helps a customer with a recent purchase.

The Postal Service will be forced to reduce prices for Forever stamps and other mailing products, effective Sunday, April 10.

The price of mailing a 1-ounce First-Class Mail letter will be 47 cents, down from 49 cents.

Letters with additional ounces will drop to 21 cents (from 22 cents), postcards will be 34 cents (from 35 cents), and letters and postcards to international destinations will fall to $1.15 (from $1.20).

Commercial prices will also decrease. The Postal Explorer site has a complete list.

The price reductions are required because the Postal Regulatory Commission has ordered USPS to reverse a 4.3 percent exigent surcharge that has been in place since January 2014.

This is expected to worsen the Postal Service’s financial condition by reducing revenue and increasing net losses by approximately $2 billion per year.

“The exigent surcharge granted to the Postal Service only partially alleviated our extreme multi-year revenue declines resulting from the Great Recession, which exceeded $7 billion in 2009 alone,” PMG Megan J. Brennan said last month. “Removing the surcharge and reducing our prices is an irrational outcome considering the Postal Service’s precarious financial condition.”

The Retail and Customer Service Operations Blue site has a price change kit that includes a stand-up talk, quick reference sheet and FAQs.

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